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Another Cowboy Rides Away

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” ~JOHN WAYNE We sat through a well-attended memorial service this week for one of our ranching neighbors who  passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. The service was delayed for several minutes because of a wreck that blocked one of the main roads into this small Texas Panhandle town. The Minister had heard that several people were stuck on the road behind the turned over tanker, so we waited; home town courtesy at its best. Whines of a fiddle and the strums of a guitar pulsed through a typically silent Church sanctuary. On this afternoon, we were treated to toe-tapping, old-time country music before the celebration of life began. While my husband and I hadn’t known Jim that many years, I have since learned him to be a hardworking family man who professed a great love for his land, a good roping horse, and an almighty God. Many recalled the quiet presence of a tall cowboy in times of trouble, with a calloused hand gently placed on their shoulder, and a prayer, soft and sincere. “Jim put his big ‘ole hand on my arm and prayed like he would talk to you or me,” the Minister said. “He...

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Lorenzo De Zavala & His Fight against Opression

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017

Remembering a leader and freedom fighter for the Texas Republic in March 1836, 181 years ago a free Texas declared independence from Mexico. The kids and I took a tour of the Texas Capitol building in Austin last summer. This impressive domed structure is made of sunset red granite from a local quarry. Sitting on 2.25 acres, it contains 360,000 square feet (33,000 m2) and has nearly four hundred rooms. The central rotunda features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or as governor of the State of Texas. On the second floor, we were allowed into one of the legislative chambers because lawmakers were not in session at the time of our visit. The room oozed history, tradition, and power. I really love old, historical buildings. I think about the many souls that walked the same stairs and occupied the same space and it always gives me chills.   The art work and the murals were impressive. In one corner of the chamber, I noticed a portrait of man. It wasn’t sized as grand a scale like so many of the other portraits we had seen that day. The placard beneath read, in part: Lorenzo De Zavala 1788-1836 The first vice-president of the Republic of Texas. The more I’ve...

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Carson County, Texas

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

An early pioneer of the Texas Panhandle, Judge J. C. Paul, recalls Carson County when he first arrived in January 1888: “It was a beautiful, smooth prairie, as far as the eye could see – not a tree – not even a shrub knee high to hide a jack rabbit, for miles in every direction. No fences, no roads, no houses, only a few people around Panhandle, the only settlement then in all of that plains county.” He recalls...

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Moms Against THE WORLD

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

If You’re Not Tired, You’re Not doing it Right As we step into a new year, my teenagers remind me how fast time passes. Sticky fingers and fights over the bouncy ball have been replaced with bearded faces and accusations of using the other brother’s shampoo. In this new year, I’m praying that my young adults come closer to realizing what’s important in life. I want them to be happy, love the work they do, and behave like decent...

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